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Government cuts have made nurses’ industrial action inevitable – Ellis

5 August, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin North West Dessie Ellis today said that the industrial action being undertaken by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is the unfortunate but inevitable result of cuts to essential frontline services by the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition.

Deputy Ellis said

“The INMO’s decision to enter into a work to rule action is following the complete failure of the HSE to address the issue of overcrowding in Beaumont Hospital and the recent decision to place patients in trolleys on wards.

“This is unsafe and unfair on patients and professionals. Nurses and other health professionals are stretched to the maximum in Beaumont. Trolleys on wards will make their job harder and endanger patient care.

“The HSE must properly address the issue of overcrowding which is being exacerbated by recent cuts to services and staffing. They must halt the running down of services in regional hospitals which is mounting more pressure on Beaumont.

“You cannot expect hospitals to treat more patients with less funding, staff and support. It is a recipe for disaster.” ENDS

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